Despite continuing financial distress, worsened when Durand-Ruel stopped buying his paintings, some of Pissarro’s finest pure Impressionist works.
He remained in Paris during the siege, and lost most of his earlier work during the war. Afterwards he worked with Monet and Renoir to develop the Impressionist approach to landscapes.
Although he only painted 14 oils in England, they mark an early peak in his art. Subsequent landscapes around Louveciennes and Pontoise are numerous and superb too.
His parents intended him to run the family business, but he met the Impressionists in 1862 and became hooked on painting landscapes.
Some of Pissarro’s finest landscapes from 1854 to 1870 show his evolution from realism through Barbizon to Impressionism.
Compositional techniques usually involving foreground trees which increase the depth of a picture. Explained and illustrated.
From being staffage in landscapes, shepherds and their flocks became motifs in their own right, with the social realist of Millet, even Henri Regnault.
Examples of the work of Thomas Jones, Constable, Corot, Blechen, Boudin, Jongkind, Pissarro, Cézanne, Sargent, Monet, and more.
Less often painted than the rural poor, Naturalism did show the growing pains of the 19th century cities. Paintings from Lhermitte, Luce, Bellows, and more.
Leading Spanish landscape painter of the late 19th century, he went to France to train in the 1860s, where he painted with Calame and Pissarro.